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    Where Were You (when the world stopped turning)Tribute to 911 by Alan Jackson

    Alan Jackson 'Drive'

    Howard Cohen
    Knight Ridder Newspapers
    Jan. 15, 2002 01:15:04

    Country traditionalist Alan Jackson is bound to go through the roof with his forthcoming CD, "Drive".

    The reason? A sublime song called "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)". Written in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and premiered on the recent Country Music Association Awards, the simple, mid-tempo "Where Were You" is all but guaranteed to rope in a slew of honors at future award shows (fearless prediction). It's that special.

    The single has touched a nerve with the American public. Sitting atop Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the last month, its rapid rise to No. 1 forced the rushed release of this album. "Drive" was originally set for release in March or April.

    "Where Were You" works better than any superstar tribute song because it feels as if it were written immediately as the writer dealt with the myriad random thoughts that bombard one's mind when confronted with a tragedy as immense as that of Sept. 11. There is no pretention here, no saccharine all-star choruses or forced sentiment. "I'm just a singer of simple songs I'm not a real political man/I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you the difference in Iraq and Iran", Jackson sings.

    While recent albums have found Jackson lapsing into routine, "Drive," while clinging to his resolute traditionalism, boasts standout songwriting. "Work in Progress" is probably the funniest song as it details a lug who can't move with the times. "I try to do that healthy thing like you want me to do/But that low fat, no fat's gettin' hard to chew/Now I love your cooking honey/But sometimes I need some real food". The title song - a father and son tale - is probably the sweetest. "I was king of the ocean when Daddy let me drive".

    To Jackson's credit, "Drive's" other songs aren't overshadowed by the unforgettable "Where Were You." "Drive" is worth rushing to get.

    Here are the words
    by Alan Jackson

    Where were you when the world stopped turning
    on that september day
    Were you in the yard with your wife and children
    or workin' on some stage in L.A.
    Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black
    Risin' against that blue sky
    Did you shout out in anger in fear for your neighborhood
    or did you just sit down and cry
    Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved
    And pray for the ones who don't know
    Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
    And sob for the ones left below
    Did you burst out with pride for the Red White And Blue
    And the heroes who died just doin' what they do
    Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
    And look at yourself and what really matters

    I'm just a singer of simple songs, I'm not a real polit-
    ical man
    I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
    the difference between Iraq and Iran
    But I know Jesus and I talk to God
    And I remember this from when I was young
    Faith, Hope, ans Love are some good things He gave us
    And the greatest of these is love.

    Where were you when the world stopped turning
    on that September day
    Teachin' a class full of innocent children
    Or driving sown some cold interstate
    Did you feel guilty because you're a survivor
    In a crowded room did you feel alone
    Did you call up your mother and tell her you love her
    Did you dust off that Bible at home
    Did you open your eyes and hope it never happened
    Close your eyes and not go to sleep
    Did you notice the sunset for the first time in ages
    Or speak to some stranger on the street
    Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
    Go out and by you a gun
    Did you turn off the violent old move you were watching
    And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns
    Did you go to church and hold hands with some strangers
    Stand in line to give your own blood
    Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
    And thank God you had somebody to love

    Repeat CHORUS

    And the GREATEST is LOVE
    And the GREATEST is LOVE

    Last edited by Neil; 03-11-2002 at 12:31 PM.

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